Ensemble
Ensemble
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Matthias Hermann und Maximilian Paier
Matthias Hermann und Maximilian Paier
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Matthias Hermann und Larissa Enzi
Matthias Hermann und Larissa Enzi
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Matthias Hermann und Maximilian Paier
Matthias Hermann und Maximilian Paier
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Maximilian Paier und Larissa Enzi
Maximilian Paier und Larissa Enzi
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Sophie Mefan, Skye MacDonald und Larissa Enzi
Sophie Mefan, Skye MacDonald und Larissa Enzi
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Matthias Hermann und Larissa Enzi
Matthias Hermann und Larissa Enzi
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Walter Sachers und Maximilian Paier
Walter Sachers und Maximilian Paier
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Skye MacDonald, Christoph Wieschke, Tina Eberhardt, Matthias Hermann, Maximilian Paier, Sophie Mefan
Skye MacDonald, Christoph Wieschke, Tina Eberhardt, Matthias Hermann, Maximilian Paier, Sophie Mefan
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Skye MacDonald, Christoph Wieschke, Tina Eberhardt, Nikola Jaritz-Rudle, Matthias Hermann, Maximilian Paier, Sophie Mefan
Skye MacDonald, Christoph Wieschke, Tina Eberhardt, Nikola Jaritz-Rudle, Matthias Hermann, Maximilian Paier, Sophie Mefan
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Skye MacDonald, Tina Eberhardt, Matthias Hermann, Nikola Jaritz-Rudle, Maximilian Paier, Sophie Mefan
Skye MacDonald, Tina Eberhardt, Matthias Hermann, Nikola Jaritz-Rudle, Maximilian Paier, Sophie Mefan
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Nikola Jaritz-Rudle, Maximilian Paier und Sophie Mefan
Nikola Jaritz-Rudle, Maximilian Paier und Sophie Mefan
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Skye MacDonald und Larissa Enzi
Skye MacDonald und Larissa Enzi
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Skye MacDonald, Larissa Enzi und Sophie Mefan
Skye MacDonald, Larissa Enzi und Sophie Mefan
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Skye MacDonald und Larissa Enzi
Skye MacDonald und Larissa Enzi
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Larissa Enzi und Skye MacDonald
Larissa Enzi und Skye MacDonald
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Skye MacDonald und Larissa Enzi
Skye MacDonald und Larissa Enzi
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Ensemble
Ensemble
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Walter Sachers, Matthias Hermann, Sophie Mefan, Tina Eberhardt, Nikola Jaritz-Rudle, Maximilian Paier, Christoph Wieschke
Walter Sachers, Matthias Hermann, Sophie Mefan, Tina Eberhardt, Nikola Jaritz-Rudle, Maximilian Paier, Christoph Wieschke
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Christoph Wieschke
Christoph Wieschke
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Walter Sachers
Walter Sachers
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Tina Eberhardt und Walter Sachers
Tina Eberhardt und Walter Sachers
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Matthias Hermann und Skye MacDonald
Matthias Hermann und Skye MacDonald
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Skye MacDonald und Walter Sachers
Skye MacDonald und Walter Sachers
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Skye MacDonald
Skye MacDonald
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Season’s Greetings

Alan Ayckbourn

Premiere 11/21/2020 / Salzburg State Theatre

Synopsis

What would the most wonderful time of the year be without our wonderful families? Each year, they invade our homes for a celebration in perfect harmony. Indeed, everything should be perfect on this most important of all holidays. But as the lights burn bright on the Christmas tree, so do the conflicts endangering the family peace. Uncle Harvey wants to give real guns to the kids as Christmas presents and Uncle Bernard is getting on everybody’s nerves with his puppet show.

The classic comedy “Season’s Greetings” examines Christmas and its many minefields in an inimitable manner. The bourgeois home of Neville and his wife Belinda is the setting of a family gathering that is bound to go awry because of a fine combination of potential conflicts and sure-fire slapstick. When Belinda’s sister Rachel brings her attractive lover Clive to this feast of family conflicts, all the women go into raptures and a Christmas nightmare takes its course: Rachel loses Clive to her younger sister, the puppet show is a disaster and everybody is continually binge-drinking – only the drumming bear works just fine…

The great British writer Alan Ayckbourn (* 1939), “Britain’s most popular living playwright” (The Economist), has won numerous awards for his by now more than 80 plays, including seven Evening Standard Awards. In 1997 Ayckbourn became the first playwright to be knighted since Terence Rattigan. He received the Laurence Olivier Special Award in Britain for his life’s work in 2008 and the Special Tony Award, also for his lifetime achievement, in New York in 2010.

Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy “Season’s Greetings” dissects the rituals of bourgeois holiday bliss in a grand ensemble piece with fascinating and complex characters and biting British wit and wackiness. He “exaggerates the mild horror and holiday madness accompanying any annual celebrations and mandatory family gatherings: all the way to adultery under the Christmas tree and attempted manslaughter.” (Theater heute)